California researchers explore new mastitis control strategies.

Eight teams of researchers, educators and students from the University of California and California State University have received funding for projects to produce rapid results on topics as diverse as North Coast job development, improved irrigation practices for the San Joaquin Valley, and new technology to detect, monitor and treat mastitis in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

What makes these farms excellent?

“I had the opportunity to learn a lot from the producers as they described how they have achieved such consistently good results,” explains Jeff Reneau, University of Minnesota professor of dairy management. “In reflecting on the comments I heard at each farm, observing the management practices first-hand and studying their DHI records, several familiar themes prevail.” FULL STORY »

Costly Klebsiella ID’d on New York farms

Coliform mastitis caused by Klebsiella species is a problem in New York State and at the Miner Institute. Klebsiella mastitis is particularly troublesome compared with Escherichia coli (another common cause of coliform mastitis) because of the severity of clinical episodes on milk yield and cow health, lack of an effective treatment, increased risk of culling or death, and lack of an effective vaccination program. FULL STORY »

WSDA / WSU residue meeting for dairy producers & veterinarians

FDA will soon begin a milk sampling program aimed at approximately 900 dairies across the US that have had a meat residue violation in the past three years. These dairies will be randomly selected from a national pool of 1600-1800 dairies. FULL STORY »

A look at mammary immunity

Dairy cows undergo several physiological changes during the onset of lactation that can impact the magnitude and duration of mammary gland inflammatory responses. FULL STORY »

Energy balance of cows and mastitis: Potential linkages

Try these suggestions to reduce excessive body condition loss in early lactation and thereby reduce mastitis. FULL STORY »



Study examines selenium's effect on heifer mastitis

New research looks at selenium supplementation before calving and its effect on early-lactation udder health of pastured dairy heifers. FULL STORY »

Dairy Focus: Got Milk Quality?

As of Jan. 1, 2011, U.S. dairy producers are bound by European Union standards for milk production. FULL STORY »

How Do Heifers Get Mastitis?

Before they give their first drop of milk, some heifers already succumb to intramammary mastitis infections. How does this happen? Mastitis specialists Steve Nickerson, PhD, with the University of Georgia, and Bill Owens, PhD, at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, say the answer is not completely clear. FULL STORY »

Tools for a faster mastitis diagnosis on the horizon

Research says PCR tests hold promise as a tool to complement traditional methods of mastitis diagnostics. FULL STORY »

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